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1 Overnight Surgery Girl Version

2 I am getting ready for my surgery. My doctors need to do the surgery to learn about my body or to help me get better.

3 First, we will walk from the hospital lobby to the surgery waiting area on the third floor of the Main Building. We will follow the signs with the purple moon and stars.

4 When we see this sign we know that we are in the right place!

5 When we get to the third floor, we will talk with someone at the front desk.

6 Then the person at the desk will give me a bracelet with my name on it. This is so the doctors will know what my name is when I am having surgery

7 Then we will wait until my name is called. My name might be called right away or I might have to wait a little while. While I am waiting, my parent may help me to find something to do while I wait.

8 When my name is called, it will be time to go to a different room, called the Day Surgery Unit. A nurse will bring me and my parent to this new room.

9 This new room may be busy with people like nurses and doctors. There are lots of beds in here too because I may see other kids waiting for surgery like me.

10 Then the nurse will measure how tall I am and how much I weigh. The nurse will ask me to stand on a scale to be measured.

11 Then I will sit on a stretcher. It is long and looks like a bed with wheels.

12 While I am sitting on the stretcher, the nurse will gently place what s called a pulse oximeter on my finger. This measures the oxygen in my body.

13 The nurse will also take my temperature. The nurse will use a thermometer. The nurse might touch the thermometer to my head and the side of my face near my ear. Or, the thermometer might go in my mouth or in my ear.

14 The nurse will also take my blood pressure by wrapping a piece of cloth around my arm. The cloth will feel very tight but this is ok. This is to learn about how my heart is working.

15 Next the nurse will listen to my heart and lungs with a stethoscope. This is to learn about how my heart and lungs are working. The stethoscope might feel a little cold, but this is ok.

16 Then I will put on hospital pajamas. It looks like a long shirt that opens in the back. My parent can help me put the hospital pajamas on if I need help.

17 Then I will wait for my surgery. While I am waiting, I might meet the Child Life Specialist, the person who will bring me fun activities to do. I can remember to take deep breaths to help me feel calm while I am waiting.

18 Then it will be time to meet my doctors and nurses, who will take care of me during the surgery.

19 I will also meet my anesthesiologist, who will give me the medicine to make me go to sleep for my surgery. There are lots of different ways that kids get sleeping medicine. The anesthesiologist will talk with me and my parent about which one is best for me. Sometimes it might be through an IV like this.

20 and sometimes it might be through a mask like this.

21 I will also meet my anesthesiologist, who will give me the medicine to make me go to sleep for my surgery. There are lots of different ways that kids get sleeping medicine. The anesthesiologist will talk with me and my parent about which one is best for me. Sometimes it might be through an IV like this.

22 I might need to take medicine to help me relax and feel sleepy while I wait. I might need to drink the medicine, or the nurse might use my IV to get the medicine. My doctor will know which kind of medicine I need.

23 Once I am feeling relaxed and sleepy, my doctors and nurses will push me on my bed to the room where I will have my surgery.

24 My parent might be able to come with me. My doctor will tell them if it is ok for them to come. If my parent cannot come with me, my doctors and nurses will take good care of me, and this is ok. I will see my parent when I wake up.

25 Once I am in the room for the surgery, I might need to be moved from my bed on to another table. Then, I will fall asleep from the anesthesia.

26 When my surgery is finished, I will stop getting the anesthesia and I will start to wake up. When I wake up, I will be in a different room. My parent will be in the room with me. There might be doctors and nurses around to help take care of me and other kids who had surgery too, and it might be busy. This is ok. I will be safe in the new room.

27 The Child Life Specialist may visit too. She may bring something to watch or something to play with while I recover.

28 I might need to sleep in the hospital after my surgery, so my doctors can check on me. My parent can stay with me. I will see my parent when I wake up. I might have to stay for one night or I might have to stay for more than one night. My doctors will tell me how long I will need to stay.

29 If I need to stay overnight, I will sleep in a bed in the hospital that is different from my bed at home. It has wheels and it might have machines next to it that helps the doctors to learn about my body.

30 While I stay at the hospital, I can remember to listen to my nurses and doctors and do what they ask of me. They will help to take good care of me. I can also eat, watch TV, sleep

31 and play while I stay at the hospital.

32 When my doctors say it is ok, I can go home! Everyone will be so proud of me for doing a great job!

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